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India Defeats Bangladesh in First Women’s T20I

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India Defeats Bangladesh in First Women’s T20I

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The Indian women’s national cricket team started their three-match T20 international series against Bangladesh with an impressive seven-wicket win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. Chasing a target of 115, the Indian team comfortably reached their goal in just 16.2 overs, losing only three wickets in the process.

The match began with Bangladesh showing promising signs of defending their modest total. Pacer Marufa Akhter delivered an exceptional opening over, creating tension for the Indian batsmen. In the third ball of the innings, Marufa claimed the wicket of the explosive Shafali Verma, stunning the Indian team and their fans. Despite the setback, India managed to put 21 runs on the scoreboard before losing another wicket, that of Jemimah Rodrigues, in the last ball of the fourth over.

At this point, the game seemed to be evenly poised, but the experienced duo of Sriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur took charge of the chase and built a solid 70-run partnership for the third wicket. Mandhana played a crucial role and contributed 38 runs off 34 deliveries, including five boundaries. Her dismissal in the fourteenth over brought a temporary halt to India’s progress.

However, captain Harmanpreet held her ground and continued to dominate the opposition. She played an unbeaten innings, scoring a commanding half-century of 54 runs off just 35 balls, comprising six fours and two sixes. With her exceptional performance, Harmanpreet ensured India’s victory. Sultaka Khatun was the standout bowler for Bangladesh, taking two wickets while conceding 25 runs.


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Earlier in the match, Bangladesh had shown promise during their batting innings. Shathi Rani, Shamima Sultana, and Sobhana Mostary all got off to decent starts but failed to convert them into significant scores. Captain Nigar Sultana Joti’s run out in the 11th over proved to be a crucial turning point, derailing Bangladesh’s progress during the middle overs.

As a result, they were unable to set a challenging total close to 150, despite a decent start in the powerplay. Shorna Akhter’s contribution of 28 runs from as many balls, including two sixes, in the latter stages of the innings, brought some momentum to the Bangladesh side. However, their final score of 114/5 seemed insufficient against a strong Indian batting lineup.

With the first match of the series concluded, both teams now look ahead to the second match, scheduled to be held on Tuesday at the same venue. Bangladesh will be determined to bounce back and level the series, while India will aim to continue their winning momentum and secure the series victory.

Overall, the Indian women’s cricket team displayed a dominant performance against Bangladesh, comfortably chasing down the target of 115. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten half-century and Sriti Mandhana’s crucial contribution propelled India to victory. Bangladesh’s promising start with the bat fizzled out, resulting in a below-par total. The stage is now set for an exciting second match between the two teams as they battle it out for supremacy in the series.

Brief Score:

Bangladesh 114/5 in 20 overs
Shorna Akhter 28, Sobhana Mostary 23
India 118/3 in 16.2 overs
Harmanpreet Kaur 54*, Sriti Mandhana 38, Sultana Khatun2/25
Result: India wins by seven wickets


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